A cold front passed through Central Indiana this morning bringing in showers and thunderstorms to the state. This boundary has now stalled out in our southern locations and this is going to be a zone that we have to watch today. Moisture and heat will build in these southern counties producing CAPE (Convective Available Potential Energy) this afternoon. With the boundary overhead, showers and thunderstorms will develop. Here’s a look at the area included in the SLIGHT RISK of severe weather from the Storm Prediction Center.
The main threats with these afternoon/evening storms will be hail and high winds. The rest of Central Indiana is in a general thunderstorm zone for the day. What this means is that storms could fire up north of the slight risk zone but these storms are not expected to be as strong. So don’t rule out some isolated to scattered showers and storms later this afternoon. A more potent storm system will be heading our way on Thursday and this is something we are already paying close attention to. The Storm Prediction Center (SPC) already has Central Indiana in a SLIGHT RISK for severe weather on Thursday. More than likely, scattered storms will develop Thursday afternoon and tap into the daytime instability. This will be very similar to the storm set up we had last week where scattered storms developed across the area after 2 PM. We are in that warm wedge of the low pressure system and enough elements should come together to warrant severe thunderstorm warnings during the afternoon/evening hours. This would bring in that threat for large hail and high winds. The cold front boundary is expected to arrive later that night and it too could pack a punch.
We’ll continue to track these storms and bring you the latest on Fox 59 and right here on Fox59.com.